Candlelight Tours at Sutter’s Fort – SOLD OUT

Saturday, November 16th


Once a year, the popular Sutter’s Fort Candlelight Tours offer a unique experience for visitors to “eavesdrop” on inhabitants of Fort rooms as they gossip about their neighbors and comment on the current events of 1846.

This unique experience provides a behind-the-scenes look at some of the faces of those who saw possible opportunity or devastation in their new homes, and a chance to listen in as people discuss uncertain times and tremendous change – war. the Bear Flag revolt, travelers lost in the snow – all while surrounded by the dark of night.

Due to the popularity of the Candlelight Tours, advance reservations are highly recommended. Tickets have been known to sell out in a matter of weeks. 

For more information about this special evening event or Sutter’s Fort SHP in general, please call the Sutter’s Fort SHP kiosk directly at 916-445-8115.

More about the tour:

  • The program consists of a series of scenarios set in various rooms around Sutter’s Fort. You will be present as a ghost from the future. The program’s participants cannot see or hear you. Essentially, you will be eavesdropping on an evening’s conversations and activities from November 1846. The program’s language is rated PG-13 and may be a bit spicy for young ears.
  • The event will take place regardless of weather. Please come prepared if there is rain. Also, there is no heating in the historic rooms.
  • Bottled water, hand-crafted candles, and keepsake lanterns available for sale at check-in (cash only)
  • Each tour lasts approximately 1 1/2 hours and includes a significant amount of walking and standing. The Fort grounds are very dark and for safety it is important that groups stay together. Fort footing is uneven in places. Your guide will be carrying a lantern and will point out known hazards. Restrooms are available before or after your tour as there are no stops during the program.
  • Tickets are non-refundable or transferable.

Friends of Sutter’s Fort members receive pre-sale access to discounted tickets. Captain members receive two complimentary tickets. Not a member? Join Friends of Sutter’s Fort today!